Desperate Florida Anti BSD

August 25, 2016

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One would have to be historically challenged not to understand a natural alignment of thought and understanding between American and Canadian blacks

Read on brothers and sisters as the Jewish Thought Police, Florida division, come down on Senator Dwight Bullard

Black Lives Matter and so Palestinian Lives under  occupation.

 

Bullard told The Electronic Intifada that he went on the trip to “develop an understanding” of the Palestinian side that is often missing from the mainstream narrative. He added that he is willing to go on a trip hosted by a pro-Israel group as well, though he is unhappy with the reaction he has received from such groups since his return.
“Had I gone on an AIPAC trip or toured with the [Anti-Defamation League] there would be no outrage or Palestine group protesting outside my office,” argued Bullard, referring to two of the major national pro-Israel lobby groups. “It’s only a news story if you pick the wrong side.”
American lawmakers routinely travel to Israel on delegations hosted by Israel lobbying groups like AIPAC – it’s practically a requirement for politicians at the national level.
Bullard was especially frustrated by the demands from Israel’s supporters that he shut out constituents based on their political views.
“As a public servant I’ve meet with a number of groups that I fundamentally disagree with on 85 percent of issues but I still meet with them. I’m a strong pro-choice advocate but I meet with all the pro-life folks,” he said. “And we go all through it on why I can’t support their issues. I won’t close the door on them.”
The smear campaign against Bullard is just the latest fault line between pro-Israel groups and African American activists and leaders affiliated with the Movement for Black Lives.
Early this month, pro-Israel groups attempted to discipline MBL for expressing solidarity with Palestinians in its platform.

 

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The Dream Defenders, which endorsed the MBL platform and whose members helped draft it, strongly denounced the reaction from Zionist groups.
After meeting with Palestinians who support BDS and seeing the repressive conditions they live under, Bullard has come to understand the boycott as part of their struggle for their civil rights.
“I think what people need to do is recognize why an African American would feel a sense of alignment with oppressed people,” said Bullard.
“It’s not just hearing about injustices happening to the Palestinian people. When you see it first hand, that’s a game changer,” he added.

 
“The fact that it was so in your face, you realize your own privilege even in circumstances related to race. We talk about driving while Black [in the US]. The idea that [in Palestine] you have to be carrying a particular ID in order to move freely within spaces in a place that you call home, that stuck with me,” he said.
Bullard was so disturbed by what he witnessed, he felt compelled to wear a kuffiyeh – a Palestinian checkered headscarf – at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month, “to show solidarity with Palestine,” he said.

 
A Jewish Telegraph Agency reporter noticed Bullard’s scarf and snapped a photo of him that was published with a story on Bullard’s trip to Palestine.
“There’s segregation and injustice going on over there,” said Bullard, “and in the words of Dr. King, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Cynical cruelty: administrative detention

August 22, 2016

In a 2010 letter to students urging the University of California to divest from Israel, Bishop Desmond Tutu wrote: “ Despite what detractors may allege, you are doing the right thing. You are doing the moral thing…I have been in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid.”

Linda Mcquaig, Toronto Star, Aug. 22

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The West blinded by celebrity gossip, sports, cowardly journalism and fear of criticizing the apartheid state never writes about Israel’s pride of “no capital punishment.” This of course does not includes targeted assassinations the ability to get rid of people without a fair trial, throws people in prison on outmoded British Mandate “administration detention ” which empowers military commanders in the West Bank to detain a person with no charge for 6 months, then at the whim of the jailer can extend this for another 6 months.
Gideon Levy recently wrote about this cruelty:
One case is like a thousand witnesses: the case of Bilal Kayed. A young man who completed a prison term of 14.5 years – his entire sentence – without a single furlough, without being allowed to at least say goodbye by phone to his dying father; a clear sign of evil. About six weeks ago, Kayed was getting ready for his release. A representative of the Shin Bet security service – one of the greatest agencies of evil in Israel – even showed him a photograph of the home his family had built for him to stir him up even more ahead of his release. And then, as his family waited impatiently for him at the crossing point and Kayed grew ever more excited in his cell, he was informed that he was being thrown into administrative detention for at least another six months, without trial and without explanation. Since then, he has been on hunger strike. He is cuffed to his bed. His family is not allowed to see him. Prison guards never leave his room and the lights are not turned out for a moment. Evil.

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OK we are a pariah state..what next?

August 18, 2016

On August 7 of this year Israel ‘s Strategic Affairs Ministry Director Sima Vaknin told the Knesset that Israel is is perceived a “pariah state” in the international community,  adding that the ministry intends to reverse this stance in the next decade.

 

This is only news to those who bury their heads in the sand.These  are the National Post and the Toronto Sun who represent the tribe, never the universal ethical values of Judaism. All these are foreign to them.I t’s those damn Palestinians. Israel is always the aggrieved, the victim, never the propagator of egregious crimes. You cannot get to these people. They  would personally never tolerate a day under the incessant Palestinian  occupation.  If course, they have never visited the West Bank or Gaza on the brink of starvation, they are tribalists. They do not have to see. They know.

As a longtime friend of the Jewish community, as indeed as one once honoured by Bnai Brith for my pioneering work in Canada for teaching the Nazi holocaust, I am pained to see Israel descend to such depths. I take no pleasure at all in this. I want Israel to succeed. nobody wins as long as occupation stands

In the last 25 years we have seen the curtain pulled back on the unremitting and callous humiliation of the Palestinian people. With the advent of the internet, cell phones, Facebook et al ,Israel’s cruel brutalization of an indigenous people has become manifest to all people of conscience. For me who grew up in the bosom of the Jewish community it has taken me decades to unravel the mystery of thow he victims of the Nazi genocide could subject the Palestinian people to war criminal policies of mass deportations,, transfer and ethnic cleansing.

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It is heart warming to see so many Jews of conscience speaking against occupation.

it is staggering to see the harassment of teachers like Nadia Shoufani pilloried for appearing in public and virtually parroting Canada’s opposition to Israel’s increasing theft of Palestinian territory.

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It is embarrassing to see Jewish organizations attempting to shut down the civil rights of a citizen.To B’nai Brith and the Wiesenthal Centre I say Shonda. Shame on you for your disgusting harrassment of a canadian citizen.You need to get in touch with the beautiful deep wells of universal Judaism insteId of a worn out Zionism. You need  to remember the Exodus message (22:21) of not oppressing a foreigner as you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. Your support for the present day  apartheid-like policies of Israel is a form of idolatry with Israel replacing God and Judaism’s universal moral and ethical values.

Call off your crude witch hunts. You are on the wrong side of history. Do everything you can to bring Israel to its senses. Right now you and organizations like AIPAC are doing immense damage to Israel.Nobody wishes to delegitimize Israel. it simply wants the state to live up to its 1948 promise:

It will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.”

That idealist vision is betrayed daily in Israel. such hollow, hypocritical words.

Nadia Shoufani and Christians like her are merely responding to the call  not only  of Jews of Conscience but the entire Christian leadershp in Palestine who wrote in 2009 (the Kairos document).

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Our word is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God. We address it first of all to ourselves and then to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace.”

We proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging – a word of faith, hope and love.
We declare that the military occupation of Palestinian land constitutes a sin against God and humanity. Any theology that legitimizes the occupation and justifies crimes perpetrated against the Palestinian people lies far from Christian teachings.

A pariah state can only be redeemed by ending this cruel occupation not by attacking and scapegoating Canadian citizens who are defending international law and the right to resist oppression.

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Palestinians: Do Not resist

August 11, 2016

It is to shake your head to see how desperate the out of touch Canadian Jewish organizations like the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Bnai Brith are when it comes to anybody expressing solidarity with justice for Palestinians under occupation.

 

On August 7 in Israel Strategic Affairs Ministry Director General Sima Vaknin told lawmakers that Israel is perceived a “pariah state” in the international community and the ministry intends to reverse this stance in the next decade. You can read this in Israel but you will never see it reported here in our major dailies.

 

But for organizations like the Wiesenthal Centre and Bnai Brith the problem is those damn Palestinians who refuse to shut up and accept what Jewish writer ben Ehrenreich calls “the humiliation machine”.

We know that the Israeli ministry will do what it always has—more PR, more greenwashing and pinkwashing and never the obvious: It’s the occupation stupid!

 

The latest desperate move by the above organizations is the pathetic attempt to shut down the civil rights of Catholic elementary teacher Nadia Shoufani who had the actual gall to appear at a rally defending Palestine’s right to resist the illegal occupation of its land.

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Now this will be ultimately laughed out as Ms Shoufani was engaged in legitimate activity outside school hours.
But the Catholic board Dufferin-Peel and the the teachers union OECTA are less than bold in their own justice making activity. OECTA particularly has been embarrassingly mum in responding to Kairos Palestine (2009) which is shockingly seven years in the past.

 

We are a Christian Palestinian movement,
born out of the Kairos Document, which advocates for ending the Israeli occupation and achieving a just solution to the conflict.
http://www.kairospalestine.ps

Based on Kairos South Africa, the clarion call 31 years ago (1985) by all the Christian churches for support in ending apartheid.

It is absolutely stunning to see a Catholic trade union of educated people mum on this issue, a document put forth by all, yes all, the Christian churches of Palestine.

Our word is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God. We address it first of all to ourselves and then to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace.”

We proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging – a word of faith, hope and love.

We declare that the military occupation of Palestinian land constitutes a sin against God and humanity. Any theology that legitimizes the occupation and justifies crimes perpetrated against the Palestinian people lies far from Christian teachings.

 

Does an body at OECTA which constantly parrots its commitment to “human rights” even know about the Kairos document?

Don’t ask.

Indepoendent Jewish Voices and the Greens

August 10, 2016

Independent Jewish Voices is the voice of sanity and social justice for progressive Jews in Canada.

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Like any progressive party, the membership and conventions decide party policy.

At their last conclave the Greens voted to support the BDS movement.

This sent leader Elizabeth May into a convulsive state.

All leaders of Canadian parties when it comes to Israel  are totally out of touch with the brutal reality of occupation in Israel/Palestine but for many reasons are terrified of being accused of being anti-Semitic, a worn out canard if there ever was one.

 

Today with the advent of the internet, cell phones, Facebook and exposure tours Israel’s crimes and flaunting of international law as well as its massive disproportionate slaughters in Gaza have been laid to bare.
Today there is a massive disconnect between institutional Jewish leaders from rabbis to NGOS and millenials who have cut through the decades of propaganda.
Congrats to the Green membership says IJV in their latest press release
We congratulate the Green Party of Canada on the passage of its historic Palestinian rights resolutions

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“The Green Party of Canada has passed two resolutions of historic importance that can only have a positive impact on the pursuit of justice and peace in the Middle East, as well as on Canadian democracy,” said Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) spokesperson Tyler Levitan.
On Sunday, the Greens passed a resolution endorsing the non-violent tactic of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). The BDS movement began in 2005 when a broad coalition of Palestinian civil society organizations called on international activists, governments, and institutions to apply pressure on the Israeli government to comply with international law and respect Palestinians’ rights.
Levitan explained that,“This is the first time a Canadian political party with representation in the House of Commons has taken a strong and positive position in solidarity with the grassroots Palestinian movement for freedom, justice and equality.”
In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that the route of Israel’s segregation wall and its use of Jewish-only settlements to displace and dispossess Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories were illegal. “I read [that] decision,” said Lisa Barrett, the Green Party’s Shadow Cabinet Critic for International Affairs. “The decision was made by highly qualified jurists and we as a Party have to support social justice. We’ve seen BDS tactics work against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and if we hadn’t pursued it vigorously then, Nelson Mandela would have died in jail. Our resolution is very explicit that we are targeting those Israeli companies that profit from the Occupation of Palestine,” Barrett said.
“One day the Palestinian people will have a just peace. Those who fail to stand for Palestinian rights will be judged harshly. Let us not be judged harshly.” – Dimitri Lascaris, Green Party Justice Critic (who submitted BDS resolution)
At the convention, the Greens also passed an historic resolution in support of revoking the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund of Canada (JNF Canada), an organization whose flagship project, “Canada Park”, is situated over the ruins of ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages within the occupied West Bank.

 
While the original resolution referred specifically to the JNF Canada, the resolution that passed held to the original resolution’s intent, but broadened its scope to include all charities that are in violation of Canadian or international human rights law. Elizabeth May stated that “I want to be clear about this: the Jewish National Fund has been complicit and involved in human rights violations in building Canada Park on top of land that was dispossessed from Palestinians who are living there in 1967.”

Yearning for the past

August 8, 2016

In Detroit on the weekend I spent time talking with a lifelong Detroiter near St.Mary’s Catholic Church in Greektown. Old St Mary’s as it is now called is the third oldest Roman Catholic Church in Detroit and the first German Church. Many parishes in American cities I have visited are ethnically based. Many Germans came to Detroit before the Civil War and in 1841 the first St.Mary’s was built. Detroit was then an ooutpost, the beginning of the Midwest and its population was but 5,000. In 1884 the origianl was replaced by a lovely Victorian Gothic structure.

The original school staffed by Christian brothers in 1855 stands across the road—ready for development! and the vultures have moved in, probably condos near downtown.

The gentleman laughed when I asked him about the parish run by the Spiritan order.

“Well, nobody lives here in Greektown but they come in freom the burbs and  pack the place on Sundays—for the Latin mass and boy they do not like this pope,”,he laughed.

The parish is replete with nuns in traditional garb, eucharistic adoration and the Tridentine mass.

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More Catholics yearning for the past, freezing a moment in time as “The Tradition.” Very sad indeed.

Scripture has a great story at people who look over their shoulder instead of the onrush of the future and the Spirit’s presence there.

But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Gen.19:26

My old prof Mcluhan used to say,” It’s great to have a rear view mirror but you’ll miss what’s ahead of you.”

Theologian Jarosalv Pelikan has a nice distinction between tradition and traditionalism.

Tradition is the living spirit of the dead.Traditionalism is the dead spirit of the living.

Here in the Tridentime mass and in all nostalgia movements which sacralize the past you create the past; you have the external structures which never by themselves give life—but the living spirit has fled.

Sounds like old St Mary’s.

The Spiritans are like many religious orders. Many who embrace the living Spirit and some still mired in a long gone past.

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Netanyahu’s Hypocrisy

August 4, 2016

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In July Israel’s  Prime Minister on Facebook but not in the Knesset apologized to Palestinians for his racist remark that “Arabs were rushing to the polls to vote.”Designed for international consumption—he would have been tarred and feathered if he dared to do this in Israel’s parliament, the pseudo-apology  has fallen flat everywhere for obvious reasons.. Asking Palestinians to work together? Not on their watch.The  great newspaper Haaretz asked  Mohammed Bakri to respond:

Minister Netanyahu, I Don’t Believe You
What is this equality you suddenly speak of? Your empty speech has no basis in reality. For the sake of both the peoples living here: resign.

 

To Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister.
I saw you speak, and I thought how happy I’d be had I believed even one word that came out of your mouth. Much water has flowed to the sea since you warned Israeli Jews, in a live broadcast a few hours before the polls closed, from the flood of Arabs heading out to vote. The lie was soon found out, and now too the lie in your words is clear.
I am a citizen of Israel, and I am proud of my artistic and personal accomplishments. I achieved them not thanks to you, but thanks to my work and my talent and my insistence on sticking to my principles. For the latter, I have paid, and still pay, a heavy price. I am boycotted and ostracized solely because I dared to come out against the occupation and the moral crimes committed during Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank in 2002.
The Israeli government did everything in its power to persuade the nation that my film “Jenin, Jenin” was a web of lies and manipulations — and it succeeded. You turned me into a traitor and a hater of Israel; you placed the mark of Cain on my brow. (People in the street ask me, “Where did you disappear to? Why don’t we see you on the screen anymore?” And I’m usually ashamed to tell them the truth).
So what is this equality, this democracy, you speak of? How can someone like me, who believed his whole life (and who still believes) in the right of both peoples, Israeli and Palestinian, to live side by side in love and respect and equality, be a full partner and work shoulder to shoulder with my Jewish Israeli brothers when you’ve stripped me of the right to open my mouth and the ability to provide food for my children?
How can I believe your statements when on the ground the occupation continues to flourish, and plans for building thousands of apartments for Israeli Jews in the West Bank are published day after day? How can I believe them when in reality, you’ve demolished houses in Ramle’s Dahamesh neighborhood again and again, persecuted its young men and women and beaten them with batons?
Unlike you, I genuinely dream of a future for our children — one without an army, without wars, without despair, without the Islamic State, without crazy fanatics. I dream of a shared life, without hatred, without oppression of the other — a life of genuine, mutual love and respect.
Your empty speech has no basis in reality. You’ve proven with your deeds that not a word of it will come true as long as you are in power. For the sake of both the peoples living here: Resign.

Mohammad Bakri
Haaretz Contributor

The Parallel Universe of Benjamin Netanyahu part 1

August 3, 2016

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Yes Israeli PM Neatanyahu took to Facebook on July 25 to apologize for his notorious racist comment last year that “the Arabs are coming out to vote in droves” – a reference to the fifth of Israel’s population who are Palestinian.

This had Palestinians shaking their heads—and Jews of conscience. He actually said that he was proud of the role Arabs play in Israel’s success”. This craven attempt to curry favour of course was not set in the Knesset where the jackals would have eaten him alive.

All this is reminiscent of Saturday Night’s Bill Murray who after some mind boggling act of hypocrisy used to say “I have to laugh.”

Everybody knows that this sudden act of contrition is meant for foreign governments and Jewish Americans who really believe Israel is a democracy.

Jonathan Cook in his always prescient BLOG from Nazareth pointed out the following:

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Pointedly, Ayman Odeh, head of the Palestinian-dominated Joint List party, noted that 100,000 Bedouin citizens could not watch the video because Israel denies their communities electricity, internet connections and all other services.

Swiftly and predictably, the reality of life for Israel’s 1.7 million Palestinians upstaged Mr Netanyahu’s fine words. In a radio interview, Moti Dotan, the head of the Lower Galilee regional council, sent a message to his Palestinian neighbours: “I don’t want them at my [swimming] pools.” Sounding like a mayor in the southern United States during the Jim Crow-era, he added: “Their culture of cleanliness isn’t the same as ours. Why is that racist?”

Dotan was no extremist, observed the liberal newspaper Haaretz. He represents the Israeli mainstream. Notably, Mr Netanyahu did not distance himself from Mr Dotan’s remarks.

At the same time, Samar Qupty, star of a new film on Palestinians in Israel called Junction 48, was questioned for two hours and then strip searched at Ben Gurion airport and denied her hand luggage before being allowed to fly to an international film festival.

Stories of state-sponsored humiliation at the airport are routine for Israel’s Palestinian academics, journalists, actors and community leaders – in fact, for any Palestinian active in the public sphere.

The list of restrictions on Palestinian citizens is long and growing. A database by the legal group Adalah shows that some 60 Israeli laws explicitly discriminate against non-Jews, with another 18 in the pipeline.
Two laws passed last month intensify the repression of dissent. An Expulsion Law is designed to empower Israeli MPs to oust Palestinian lawmakers whose views offend them, while a Transparency Law stigmatises human rights groups working to protect Palestinian rights.

Recently leaked protocols reveal that the police have secretly awarded themselves powers to use live fire against Palestinian protesters in Israel, even if they pose no danger. Yet another law threatens jail for any Palestinian citizen who tries to dissuade another from volunteering in the Israeli army.

Growing numbers of Palestinian citizens, including poets and writers, are being jailed or put under house arrest for posts on social media the Israeli authorities disapprove of.

Defence minister Avigdor Lieberman recently compared the work of the Palestinians’ national poet, Mahmoud Darwish, to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Darwish is banned from school curriculums.

 

The culture minister, Miri Regev, meanwhile, has tied state funding for theatre and dance companies to their readiness to perform in Jewish settlements, illegally located in the occupied territories in the West Bank.
In his video, Mr Netanyahu said: “Jews and Arabs should reach out to each other, get to know each other’s families. Listen to each other.”

 

And yet his officials have just halved funding for the training of Palestinian student teachers, though not Jewish ones, to deter the former from pursuing teaching careers. Jewish schools face severe staff shortages, but Israel’s educational segregation is so complete that Palestinian citizens cannot be allowed to teach Jewish children.

 

Mr Netanyahu also extolled his government for a promise to increase funding for Israel’s near-bankrupt Palestinian local authorities. He forgot to mention, however, that he had conditioned the money on the same councils demolishing thousands of homes in their jurisdiction. For decades Palestinians in Israel have been routinely denied building permits.

 

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Israel’s Palestinian citizens were not fooled by Mr Netanyahu’s video. But as their leaders noted, they were not the intended audience. The video was a cynical PR exercise aimed firmly at the Europeans, who have been discomfited by Israel’s increasingly repressive climate and the government’s regular incitement against its Palestinian minority.

The American betrayal of Palestine

August 1, 2016

 

 

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So the the political conventions are over. The one party with two wings once again abandoned the Palestinian cause. American Jewish money is just too good to turn down by the craven politicians, people who should know better like Andrew Cuomo and Hilary Clinton —both in deep pockets of Adelson, Saban, Lauder and several others who continue to turn their backs on ethical Judaism and demand fealty from the one single party–with two wings.

Give the Bern credit. He put Israel on the agenda. Also as Eric Mann another Jew of conscience wrote:

In the New York Democratic Primary, Bernie Sanders, a Jew, one who had lived in a kibbutz in Israel, stood up to AIPAC, stood up to the Israeli government, stood up to reactionary forces in the Jewish community, humanized the Palestinians, chastised Israel for its abuses, and did so with no clear electoral calculation.

Ralph Nader wrote about Hilary’s Caring for kids:

Caring for kids” doesn’t extend to encircled Gaza’s defenseless children, hundreds of whom were killed by American-made weapons wielded by the all powerful Israeli military. Gaza is the the world’s largest open air prison and under illegal blockade. Remember, as Secretary of State, Hillary fully backed war crimes, condemned by almost all countries in the world. On the stage in Philadelphia, she spoke of backing Israel’s security without any mention of Palestinian rights or the need to end Israel’s illegal occupation of the territories.

So there seems to be no difference between the two parties. However on the ground in many Jewish communities, particularly among  millenials Zionism is dying.

Meanwhile in Israel, the scribe-prophet Gideon Levy named this massive evil that the US continues to ignore. On July 28, 2016 in Haaretz  he wrote:

One hundred and eighty babies and children up to the age of 5. One hundred and eighty helpless babies and toddlers that the Israel Defense Forces killed in Gaza in the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. In their sleep, in their play, as they fled; in their beds or in their parents’ arms. Try to imagine – the army killed 546 children in the course of 50 days. More than 10 children a day, a classroom every three days. Try to imagine.

 

But these updated, verified figures, released by the B’Tselem NGO on the second anniversary of the killing, are hard to imagine. It’s easier to dismiss them with a shrug, a look in the other direction or the lame excuses of Israeli propaganda. The figures that should have haunted Israeli society and keep it awake at night – that should have sparked a stormy public debate and shaken it– are of no interest at all. Any natural disaster at the end of the world would have evoked more human feelings here than this slaughter, which Israel committed an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv…. Israel hasn’t even looked straight at the facts and confessed.

 

It was all for security’s sake, inevitable, Israel is the victim, they are Satan, that’s how it is in war, that’s how it always is – a 100 times more Palestinian fatalities than Israeli ones in Cast Lead, 30 times more in the 2014 conflict. (“So, did you want more Israelis to be killed?”) This ghastly lack of proportion doesn’t raise any question or doubt, not to mention criticism. Nor does what’s left – 90,000 residents still homeless, living for the past two years among the debris or in wretched tin huts. A Swedish journalist who visited Gaza for a few days last week returned with the pictures – tin boxes housing people whose homes were destroyed in Huza’a, near Khan Yunis. There’s no point in continuing to describe the magnitude of the disaster in Gaza. It’s of no concern to anyone in Israel. Human compassion over Gaza? Funny. Even the fact that, due to the bombardments and the siege, 90 million liters of raw sewage flow from Gaza into the Mediterranean Sea, the same sea our children bathe in, doesn’t bother anyone here.
Levy who actually lives in Israel and daily holds the mirror up to the stunning day to day cruelty of an occupied people topped his July 28 column three days later

+ After we’ve cited nationalism and racism, hatred and contempt for Arab life, the security cult and resistance to the occupation, victimhood and messianism, one more element must be added without which the behavior of the Israeli occupation regime cannot be explained: Evil. Pure evil. Sadistic evil. Evil for its own sake. Sometimes, it’s the only explanation.

Self censorship insures language like this will never be heard in Canada.

 

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Readers are directed to another hopeful “Jew of conscience” Ben Ehrenreich’s new book just out The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine. In unsentimental language he brilliantly chronicles the unremitting and scandalous abuse of a besieged people—one who never stop affirming their own dignity.

 

Democrats bankrupt on Israel

July 26, 2016

The Hilary Clinton team knows that she is one of the most unpopular Democrats ever to run for the presidency. The Senator for Goldman Sachs and Israel’s proxy in America, Clinton was desperate to shore up her cred with progressive Democrats.hence she allowed 5 Sander’s delegates onto the 15 person Platform Drafting Committee

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On June 25 in the dead of night the face off began between the five Democrat progressives appointed by Sanders and the ten hacks appointed by the Clinton team. All were pro-Israel to the core with nothing but bankrupt status quo ideas to add to the mix.
In order to give as little exposure as possible to the issue of Palestine, the second round of debates took place at night. This is the Nicodemus effect named after the sneaky hypocrite who could only come to jesus by night.The Clinton campaign has done everything to shut down any serious discussion of Israel’s occupation. It took a Jew, Bernie Sanders to bring it to the fore.
It was downright embarrassing to see the incredible logic used by Clinton team to justify the ugly status quo in Israel/Palestine
Robert Wexler, a former congressman from Florida and president of a pro-Israel advocacy group used the old canard of “delegitimizing Israel” to pan BDS movement. Nobody wishes to do this. What critics need to do is delegitimize apartheid Israel, to make it a democracy for all.

 

As most people know Israel is losing the PR war in the Middle East and are desperate to shut down the BDS movement.
The worst Clinton surrogate and a major Jewish donor to the Clinton campaign, Bonnie Schaefer, former joint-CEO of the jewelry chain Claire’s Stores,came up with wildest non-sequitur of the night when she didn’t even bother addressing the issues raised in the amendment. Instead, she engaged in pinkwashing.
“As a gay Jewish Zionist, Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, as we all know, the only place in the Middle East that I can walk down the street with my wife hand in hand and not be afraid.
Pinkwashing is a tactic often used by Israel in its defense. Toleration of gays is supposed to make people forget the 50 years of occupation. What a silly woman–albeit with deep pockets and with noting to say.

 

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Schaefer was answered by James Zogby the president of the Arab American Institute who said “you can go and walk down the street of Tel Aviv holding the hand of your wife, I can’t get in the airport without seven hours of harassment because I’m of Arab descent. We have to be able to call it what it is. It’s an occupation that humiliates people, that breeds contempt, that breeds anger and despair and hopelessness, that leads to violence.”
Cornel West, professor and political commentator blew the whole meeting to smithereens
https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4604114/cornel-west-vs-robert-wexler

 

When the IDF [Israeli army] kills innocent people, over 500 babies in 51 days, no matter how many shields they say Hamas uses, it’s wrong,” said West, referring to Israel’s summer 2014 attack on Gaza.

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The “Democratic Party must tell the truth,” West implored. “We can never fully respect the Palestinians unless we can name … the boot on their necks.”
“I come from a people who’ve been hated,” West added, drawing an analogy between the long history of denying the horrors inflicted on African Americans and the refusal to recognize the oppression of Palestinians.
Over 2000 were killed and over 500 babies killed and not a word from our political elite.
What is going on in this country What is going on among our elite, are we so paralyzed? Are we so debilitated by either the money flowing or indifference in our hearts, I would hope not. That’s what the legacy of Martin Luther King and Dorothy Day and so many others was all about….

 
If we are not able to deal with that then we’re in the same condition this party was in 80 years ago when it didn’t want to deal with Jim Crow, didn’t want to deal with lynching, locked in a state of denial and saying, Somehow these Negroes are going to make it through with this misery. We refuse. I refuse to reach that conclusion.

The real question is going to be that a commitment to security for our precious Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel can never be predicated on an occupation of precious Palestinians. We’re going to have to talk seriously about occupation.

I don’t know if you’d allow a use of the word occupation, West said, when the New York Times can’t even state it directly.

But he said the Palestinians have been “demeaned devalued dominated exploited” for over 50 years. And “for too long the Democratic Party has been beholden to AIPAC.”

We’re at a turning point now,” West said. It will go slowly inside the Democratic Party and more quickly outside it, which is “why I support the BDS.”

But the Party must downplay “the unbelievable misery we see in Gaza, the West Bank and other places.”

Of course the Clintonites outnumbered the Sanders supporters 10-5 and the Democrats will keep giving Israel a blank cheque.

 

Nicodemus, the base, hypocrite of John 3 won again—out of sight of the majority of American people. The whole sordid event however was seen on C Span at in the early morning.

 

An article in the Electronic Intifada by Rania Khalek was posted on June 27.

 

One of the respondents named Sage nailed the whole sordid mess when she wrote;
There is no doubt about it, Clinton is pro occupation and illegal settlements. She knows fully well what Israel’s crimes are, in fact the US State Department has condemned illegal settlements, and yet her hunger to be President has made her put any concern for the Palestinians aside, so that she can please her wealthy Jewish pro Israeli donors. Clinton has thrown the Palestinians under the bus at this stage of the game, imagine how things would be when she is in the White House and Netanyahu will have a great influence in our policies. It is frightening.

 

“Alfredo” weighed in as well:

 

The posture adopted by the DNC and Clinton surrogates is an insult to human rights and spits on the face of those who see the illegal and immoral abuses committed against the Palestinians and other minority groups within Israel. There is no way that this travesty of platform is going to attract those who support Bernie Sanders’ vision of a long overdue political revolution. Shame on each and every democrat who stock to Clinton’s hypocritical double talk about Israel and the Palestinians. History won’t be kind to these people.

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